Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that affects many people every evening while they sleep. If a person is suffering from sleep apnea, they temporarily stop breathing many times during sleep. The consequences of this problem can be severe. If you think you may be suffering from sleep apnea, take heart as there are some effective solutions to this problem. Our doctor, Dr. Alan B Rosenthal, DMD can fit you for a sleep apnea device in 06851, that will make your sleep safer and more restful.
When a patient suffers with sleep apnea they can begin to experience many consequences of sleep apnea during the day. A patient who suffers from sleep apnea at night will have many symptoms during their waking hours including: tiredness; difficulty concentrating; a failing memory; headaches; and even personality changes. When a person with sleep apnea is sleeping, he or she will most likely snore loudly, and then at times seemingly gasp for air. Sometimes a patient with sleep apnea will even inadvertently wake themselves up. Sleep apnea is not an uncommon condition and affects up to four percent of middle-aged men and up to nine percent of middle-aged women.
During sleep apnea a person can stop breathing for at least ten seconds at a time. This sets the stage for sleep that provides little or no rest. The most common cause of sleep apnea is an obstruction of the patient’s airway. Serious health results of sleep apnea can be high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, depression, and stroke. Since potential health risks of sleep apnea are so serious, it is important that it is treated as soon as possible. Oral appliance therapy (OAT) is a great treatment option for many patients with sleep apnea. The oral appliance is actually a small plastic device that is kept in the patient’s mouth during sleep. It is often compared to a sports mouth guard. The appliance will help keep the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat from collapsing, enabling the airway to stay open during sleep. If you need to be treated for sleep apnea, and need a sleep apnea device in 90503, contact our office today to make an appointment with Dr. Rosenthal.
The sooner the Sleep Apnea patient addresses the issue, the sooner the quality of their life will improve, and their life will no longer be at risk.
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